I recently read that the term “milk tooth” comes from the fact that in ancient times the primary teeth appeared while breast milk was still the principal food for the baby. It is exactly the same in French and it is one of those words that you use constantly without knowing its full meaning. Nowadays in our society, babies are usually weaned way before they start getting teeth and that is probably why I never made the connection. Well it had me think that I could give a few tips to help women with their lactation.
If you want to increase the quantity of milk, you can do it through diet and with the help of homeopathy:
Eat lentils, peas and beans. Soups are a particularly good way to eat those leguminous because it also brings a good quantity of water that you also need as part as the milk. Eating potatoes, carrots, anise and fennel, mushrooms and even basil and parsley is also recommended. I also heard of an herbal product called MoreMilk Plus by Motherlove that contains precisely some of those helpful herbs such as fenugreek seed, fennel seed, nettle herb and blessed thistle herb. I do not know much about this product but the website seems very resourceful for anybody who is interested in pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc.
I also remember my Mom telling me that when she was breast-feeding my brother she used to drink beer to produce more milk. She said it was a great way to please the baby and herself since she always loved beer. Beer and other alcoholic beverages made from fermented grains have this property of stimulating lactation because they are very rich in yeast, but you have to pick a beer of good quality and not drink more than a glass or two per day as it would then have the reverse effect.
Now let’s see what homeopathy can do for you:
Ricinus Communis is a very interesting homeopathic medicine for lactation because it can both increase or decrease the milk flow according to the dilution you using. I have not focused too much on the topic of dilution yet because it is generally considered merely “fine tuning” in comparison to the key step of choosing the right medicine. But in the case of a few medicines, the dilution can change their action dramatically and this is the case here.
To INCREASE milk production: Use a LOW dilution such as 6C. Take 5 pellets of Ricinus communis 6C morning and evening for 2 weeks. You can renew the treatment if needed.
To WEANING OFF breast milk: Use a HIGH dilution such as 30C. Take 5 pellets of Ricinus communis 30C every 3 hours for 3 to 7 days. You can combine it with Lac Caninum 6C.
There are many other useful homeopathic medicines for lactation that we can discuss later.